May 14, 1999

Joseph S. Freitas, M.D., Celebrating 27 Years of Caring for Women

By Judy M. Jones

"Fast-acting physician saved a tiny twosome." This was how the article read on the front page of the San Diego Union-Tribune five years ago.

Dr. Joseph S. Freitas heard the faint fetal heartbeats of twins, and realized he had only minutes to save their lives. He skillfully performed an emergency Cesarean section at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City while other medical personnel focused on the mother.

Today, Freitas continues to do what he does best —deliver babies and provide personalized care to women with skill, warmth, and dedication.

If you live in National City, Chula Vista, or any of the surrounding communities, you are probably already familiar with Freitas. He is one of a handful of African-American physicians practicing obstetrics and gynecology in San Diego County. He has practiced medicine in the same location, across the street from Paradise Valley Hospital, for the last 25 years.

Over the years, Freitas has delivered more than 7500 babies, including second and third generation deliveries.

Freitas's skill and knowledge are the result of many years of education, training, and experience. Freitas began his undergraduates studies at what is now Loma Linda University. Rife with ambition and his dream to become a physician, Freitas enrolled into Loma Linda University's Medical School. From there, he satisfactorily completed an internship at Highland Alameda County Hospital in Oakland, California. Freitas's formal training concluded with a two-year stint at San Joaquin County Hospital where he did his residency in obstetrics and gynecology.

Like the communities in which we live, Freitas' practice is culturally diverse. Though African-Americans, Hispanics, Filipinos, and Asians make up the bulk of his practice, his patients include women of various descents. Freitas appreciates and welcomes diversity in his practice.

Freitas recognizes the importance of the patient —doctor relationship, especially during pregnancy. An expectant mother relies increasingly on her doctor to keep herself and her unborn child in the best of health. The relationship continues to build as she moves closer to delivery.

Even so, frequently and unbeknownst to the patient, a new doctor may show up at the time of delivery. This unexpected change bothers some women and creates a certain level of discomfort. Freitas understand this discomforts and assures each mother-to-be that he will be there at the time of delivery. "I diagnose and treat each patient myself," said Freitas, "more than 95% of my patient's babies are delivered by me."

Freitas continues to practice obstetrics and gynecology with the same level of dedication and care shown years ago when he saved the lives of those tiny twins. Freitas warmly welcomes expectant mothers and women seeking quality obstetrical and gynecological care to his practice. His specialty is personalized care... from the doctor.

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